The Noble Lady of the Sinking Ship, Disguising her Young Brother as her Son, Stubbornly Survives in the Neighboring Country! – Chapter 22

𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐦 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧

𝐂𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝟐𝟐: 𝐅𝐢𝐫𝐦 𝐝𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧

The moment I heard those words, it was as if a bolt of lightning had struck my brain.

His whimsical words were akin to picking up a stray cat abandoned on the roadside and taking it home.

Perhaps, to him, I appeared like a pitiful cat, drenched in rain and covered in mud, without a home to return to.

I felt utterly miserable and pitiful.

At the same time, I was filled with intense anger towards Lord Montyver, who made such a proposition to a woman he barely exchanged words with at their first meeting.

Perhaps he lives in a grand house, has wealth, and will provide for me so I won’t have to struggle.

However, I came to Binemöer to be the attendant of the Marchioness.

Even as the Marchioness looked on with an exasperated expression, she spoke to me.

“If you are willing, you can go with him. It might be more comfortable for you that way.”

Her words wounded me.

Even though the Marchioness was generous enough to allow me, a nobody, to stay with her without any conditions,

I realized then.

Perhaps I was under the illusion that I was worth a great deal.

To think such a thing without having accomplished anything is sheer arrogance.

“. . . . . .Am I a bother to the Marchioness?”

“Not to that extent.”


I stood up once and kneeled before the Marchioness.

“Please give me a chance. I promise, I will be of use.”

“You don’t have to go that far.”

“Please, please!”

This was my last stronghold. I had to cling to it, no matter what.

“Why are you so attached to me? You wouldn’t have to struggle if you were with Leon. You could have a good life.”

“Even so, I came to Binemöer to work under the Marchioness. Could you keep me by your side for a month. . . . . .no, even a week?”

The Marchioness looked at me with puzzled eyes.

I couldn’t back down now. Thinking this, I returned her gaze without flinching.

In the midst of the deafening silence, a burst of laughter could be heard.

“This is a loss for the Marchioness.”

“What do you mean?”

“No matter what anyone says, she won’t bend her will.”

When Lord Montyver asked me if that was right, I nodded deeply.

“Fascinating. It’s my first time seeing a woman more stubborn than the Marchioness.”

“I can’t believe it.”

As the Marchioness looked at me, she let out a sigh that seemed to reach the depths of the world.

“I understand. If you’re that confident in your usefulness, show it to me with your actions.”

“――! Thank you.”

As soon as I uttered my words of gratitude, Lord Montyver pulled my arm and seated me in a chair.

He was smiling at me, but I pretended not to notice.

“By the way, what is your son doing now?”

“Eh, your son?!”

Seeing as I hadn’t mentioned having a child, Lord Montyver looked at me in surprise.

“You fled across the country with your child?”

“Well, yes.”

“That must have been tough, wasn’t it?”

I was at a loss for how to react to these words of sympathy, which I was hearing for the first time.

“How old is your child?”

“Well, he’s six.”

“Ah, at a cute age!”

Questions followed one after the other.

My child’s name is Ren, he’s a very good and obedient child, reserved but firm in expressing his own opinions――Lord Montyver listened to all of this with a look of enjoyment.

“So, your stubbornness was for the sake of your child.”

I don’t want to use Ren as an excuse, so I decided to ignore that comment.

I regretted my rude behavior later, but Lord Montyver did not seem offended.

“So, Ren, was it? Is someone, like a maid, taking care of your son now?”


“Don’t tell me, he’s alone?!”

As I pondered over how to respond, Lord Montyver stood up abruptly.

Pulling me to my feet, he made a desperate plea.

“You can’t leave a child under ten alone in this country!”

“Is it decided by law?”

“No, it’s different. Don’t you know the tale that they can be taken away by wicked sorcerers?”

Once upon a time, it seems there were sorcerers lurking in Binemöer, abducting defenseless young children to obtain magical power from human flesh and blood. They have taken many lives.

“We need to take him with us――.

“Ren is, well, he’s fine.”

“How is he fine when he’s all alone!”

I felt overwhelmed by his somewhat angered tone and expression.

However, I managed to respond nonetheless.

“I have a fairy who has a contract with me and stays close.”

“A fairy?”


The stern expression on Lord Montyver’s face changed completely as he looked at me with a deflated look.

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